LOQUAT LEAF – Autumn brings all sorts of beautiful fallen leaves, even here in Southern California. I find it irresistable to pick up these leaves, which have a patina, worn character and a wabi-sabi quality of incredible beauty. They make me think of the way my face is gaining character as I am aging. Am I becoming a wabi-sabi person?
Wabi-sabi (侘寂?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhistteaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), the other two being suffering (苦 ku?) andemptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū?).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. (Wikipedia)